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My art is focused on social and cultural issues that I try to express through drawing using traditional techniques and modern methods. I find drawing to be the perfect medium to investigate things that happen around me. In my work I analyse various situations, question the boundaries between private and public behaviour and the bounds of ethics and freedom. I also explore identity, consumerism, traditions and values. I enjoy sketching in public spaces as this is how I collect stories and ideas for drawings and Lives and works in Dallas, USA animations. Working with animation helps me develop narratives and experiment with new ways of drawing. I like to maintain the sketchy and unfinished aesthetics of the final work. Using a variety of tools, I draw carefully in order to accomplish the fragility of movement. I investigate the motion of the line and construct compositions concerning the subject matter. I mainly use pencil, watercolour and ink to capture the innate curiosities and enchantments of the everyday, examine people's reactions to the unexpected. I try to catch certain moments of common situations and An artist'sexamine statement critically the effects of consumerism and social displacement upon how people behave in public.

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hen I was four years old, I had a near death experience while having an open heart surgery. My heart stopped beating, my body temperature went low, a heart-lung machine kept me alive. Coming back from that threshold, I knew that opposites are bound together and that I encompass both. It left me fascinated with edges and yearning for meaning. My works are born from that same simultaneous sense of vertigo and stability.

(“Illusions & Reality”, 2010-13). Through intricate drawings and installations I struggle to weave together the past, present and future. Recently I’m fascinated with transformation (“Release”, 2014-15). The Sisyphean process evolved to a new set of rules, which dictates different materials, gestures and speed. The new paintings are large and expressive, made in one continuous session, like an intense ritual.

I see my studio as a cross between a womb and a lab. My practice is a tool for They deal with a dichotomous - the understanding myself as well as the world realization that one reality can reflect of phenomena around me. My goal is to many and there is no one definition. The generate a change that shapes truth is endlessly evolving and expanding. perspectives and actions, thus enabling I Adopting try and reconcile conflicts and an observational approach, characters in my work become unbelievable, but remain for something new to occur - symbolically, contradictions beauty that personal. Thesuch mainasattention has to be drawn to the motion of the situation and the story. conceptually and tangibly. I have a encompasses crudeness, weakness as a distinct feeling that there is something I use multiple media as drawing, painting, printmaking, animation and installation to source of strength and such disillusionment beyond me, a life force, which Ipresent can’t put deconstruct everyday life and weave together lost narratives, spaces where the that feeds innocence. The early works into words but I can channel into art. collapses and images of strangers and their actions. I use drawings to create wall (“Red Heart”, 2007-09) are naïve installations, where each drawingsubtle could be read individually, but all together they function drawings of bodies and situations, as a map, they are all related and form a comic like narrative. My animations tell a story and yet disturbing. Minimalist figures floating portray experiences yet I want to show them as drawings. This is whyInga theyLineviciute are projected in in white space. With time, layers appear order to make them more dynamic and to create an illusion of a moving drawing. I like to show all of my work as an installation, using white walls, images without frames or any hard materials. It has to be simple and delicate. 16

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